Demolition began on the former Aldi grocery store at 25 Lake St. on Monday and is expected to be finished by the end of the week. The effort started just after 9 a.m Monday., when workers began pulling aluminum off the building that will soon be the site of a new gymnastics center.
Oak Park public works crews have capped a geyser of water that started shooting out of a water main Friday morning. The break occurred along Humphrey Avenue, just north of the train track overpass, where crews had been doing work on one of the water lines that delivers Oak Park's water supply from Chicago.
The front doors of Ascension Church in Oak park and a nearby "Respect for Life" sign were vandalized with red paint some time between 10:30 p.m. Monday night and 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, when Rev. Larry McNally, Ascension's pastor, was alerted.
Before a Sunday morning fire gutted its interior, Velvet Rope was an upscale suburban haven for gays. Opened in April of 2008 by Carol Bertacchi, in a space formerly occupied by The Abbey wine bar, the openly gay, openly inclusive and "always classy" lounge filled a niche for a more mature clientele.
River Forest officials want potential developers to know that the former Hines Lumber site on Madison Street—and, possibly, the adjacent Public Works Department building to the north—are there for the taking.
Oak Park and Forest Park firefighters responded to a fire inside an apartment building near the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Randolph Street on Friday afternoon. The fire looked to be confined to one apartment unit on the first floor. By about 3 p.m. the fire appeared to have been extinguished.
Residents woke up to a thick blanket of snow covering Oak Park and River Forest, with snow still falling Wednesday morning. Major streets were mostly clear and passable but intersections, alleys and side streets are still treacherous for most cars to traverse.